The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE) hosted an influential symposium right in the U.S. Capitol building, July 14th 2015, which presented compelling social and medical research about the public health crisis of pornography.
The room was packed to the maximum capacity with representatives from Congress and other influential government leaders, along with members of the press, leaders in the movement, and the general public. The room was overflowing to the point that we regretfully had to turn some people away, which proves that we are at a turning point on this issue. Nearly everyone has been affected and many are looking for leadership on how to turn the tide.
We brought some of the top experts together for this event in order to help our leaders in Washingon see that they can no longer ignore these issues. The latest research on the links between prostitution, trafficking, and pornography was examined in depth by Melissa Farley, PH.D.; and neurologist and addiction expert, Don Hilton, MD, revealed the impact to the brain that occurs with pornography use. Feminist activist, author and scholar Gail Dines, PH.D. discussed the violence against women and children that is regularly perpetuated by pornography. Father of kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart and activist, Ed Smart, explained the real life connections between porn, child exploitation, sex trafficking and violence and many other speakers commented on issues like child brain development, impact to the family, and further implications of this multi-faceted issue.
Due to the popularity of this event, and the fact that many more wanted to attend but had to be turned away, NCSE is glad to provide a complete video of the presentations given at the symposium.